Information on Boneset

Latin NameEupatorium perfoliatum
Other NamesThoroughwort
Part UsedLeaf, Flowers
Herb FormsTinctures, capsules, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsImmune system, Respiratory system
CautionsNot for long-term use (longer than two weeks). Avoid use altogether if you have preexisting liver problems like hepatitis; contains small amounts of chemical compounds that stress the liver.
Botanical InfoA perennial herb of moist, rich soil of the eastern U.S. with opposite leaves that clasp the main stem and numerous white flowers.
DescriptionBoneset is used for various respiratory ailments, such as asthma, bronchitis, unproductive coughs, and pneumonia. It is called for in flu (specifically with deep aching) and fever, as well as for chicken pox and broken bones. Boneset is said to increase the body's resistance to infection and may have an antiviral effect.

Boneset has a taste of BITTER, ACRID and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1/2-1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-3 droppersful tincture 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Boneset

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Bronchitisinfection fightertincture, tea
Fluanti-infectiontincture, tea, capsule


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